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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 06:11 AM   1
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Some Old Wives' Tales...

Linea Nigra

Latin for Ďblack lineí, a linea nigra may appear on your belly during pregnancy (some women wont get it Ė doesnít mean anything!). This is a purple/brownish line which extends down the middle of your belly to your pubic area, about 1cm in width. Itís known that hormones cause the linea nigra pigmentation, but itís not known why it forms in the vertical line that it does.

The old wives tale is this Ė if you get a lŪnea nigra and it runs from your pubic area to your belly button only, itís a girl, and if it goes all the way up from your pubic area to the bottom-most part of you rib cage, then itís a boy.

Carrying High or Low?

This is a well known old wives tale Ė so many people will want to look at your belly and think they can guess just from looking! So as the tale goes, if you are carrying low, itís a boy, or if youíre carrying high itís a girl. We wont tell them that the way the baby is carried is actually a reflection of your own body shape, muscle, babyís position and other physical factors!

The Draino Thingo

There is an old wives tale that involves mixing your urine with Draino but not only is Draino dangerous and bad for you, itís bad for the environment too. So we donít recommend this one.

Dry or Soft?

If your skin is dry, youíre said to be having a boy Ė and if itís soft, then a girl is on the way.

Whatís Babyís Heartrate?

First, to set the record straight, until itís born, your babyís heartrate will not be affected by itís gender. But so they say, if youíre carrying a girl, then babyís heartrate will be above 140bpm (beats per minute). A boy is said to have a heart rate under 140bpm. A study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine (1996) has dismissed this theory, as has other research. Your babyís heart rate will change often during a pregnancy, depending on the babyís age and itís movement. Anything from 120-160bpm is normal for an unborn baby.

Your Flowing Locks

Has your hair become thinner and dull? Or full-bodied and glossy? Thin and dull says girl, gorgeous and glossy says a boy.

Where Are You Carrying Extra Weight?

Even those extra pregnancy kilos is said to give us an insight into your babyís gender! If you are carrying extra weight at the front, then youíre having a boyÖ but if you are carrying extra weight on your bum and hips, then you have been carrying a girl.

Ahhh, Now I Know Why We Learn Maths At School!

Because if you combine your age at the time of conception with the number of the month you conceived and the resulting number is odd Ė then itís a girl on the way. If the resulting number is even, then itís a boy for you.

Sweet, Salty or Sour?

Another well known old wives tale!!! Are you craving sweet foods like juice, fruits and chocolate? if so, old wives say that you could be having a girl. But if youíre craving sour or salty foods, then you could be having a boy. Itís also said that if you are having a boy, you will crave protein like meat and dairy. I have trouble believing this one because I think weíd be overrun by a population of females Ė we all love chocolate pregnant or not!

The Wedding Ring Over The Belly Trick!

Get your wedding ring (or other ring/needle/pin) and attach it with a strand of your hair or some string. Lie down and dangle the ring over your belly. If it starts moving in circles, you are having a boy, or if it moves like a pendulum from side to side, then you are having a girl.

Morning Sickness?

Did you experience morning sickness in early pregnancy? If you did, then youíre said to be carrying a girl, but if you didnít have morning sickness, then itís a boy. Oh! That one was actually true for me!

Cold Feet?

If your feet get colder than they used to pre-pregnancy, itís a sign you have a boy on the way. If your feet are the same, then itís a girl!

How Do You Look?

Do you look better than ever while pregnant? Or has the pregnancy done your looks no favours? As it goes, if you look great during pregnancy, then you are carrying a boy. If you donít look too flash, youíre having a girl, because sheís stolen all your good looks!

Howís Your Partnerís Belly?

Apparently, if your husband puts on Ďsympathyí weight with you during your pregnancy, then youíre supposed to be carrying a girl. If he doesnít put on any weight, then itís a boy.

The Breast Test!

If you look in the mirror at your breasts, which one is larger? If itís the right one, youíre carrying a boy and for a larger left breast, then itís a girl. Which only leaves one questionÖ if your breasts are both the same size, does that mean one of each? Iíll leave you with that to ponder!

North or South?

No I donít mean your boobs! When you sleep, is your pillow north or south? If itís north, then expect a boy, or south means a girl is on the way.

Pimples, SchmiplesÖ

If you get acne during pregnancy, apparently youíre having a girl, and if you donít, then youíre carrying a boy.

Are You A Lefty or a Righty?

So when you sleep, do you sleep on your left? Because if you do, then itís a boy for you! On your right, a girl is in sight.

Checking Out Your Wee!

OoooookayÖ. now apparently if you have bright yellow urine, then youíre carrying a boy, but if itís dull / clear, then youíre carrying a girl. On a serious note though, if you have dark urine, up your fluids intake as you may be dehydrated.

What Does Your Belly Look Like?

A basketball or a watermelon? Because if it looks more like a basketball, then old wives say boy, but if it more resembles a watermelon then itís a girl.

Hairy Legs?

Has the hair on your legs grown faster than normal? Or has it grown just like normal? Because if itís growing faster than it did pre-pregnancy, then youíre said to be having a boy.

Take a Guess!

After all, you have 50% chance of getting it right! It may be even more than that Ė in doing my research, I came across an article which said a study was done on motherís guessing the gender. The women (who didnít yet know their babyís sex), guessed the correct sex of their baby 71% of the time. Not bad!!!

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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 06:16 AM   2
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thanks for that before i was pregnant i didn't believe in them

before i knew what i was having all the old wifes tales pointed to a girl and yep i'm having a girl

its all a bit weird lol

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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 06:55 AM   3
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for most of these it pointed to me having a boy but Im def in team

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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 07:12 AM   4
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I don't knw what sex I'm having as I'm on team yellow but I applied them all to my previous pregnancy and this one and I come out 50/50 really! I am very skeptical though!! hehe xx

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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 07:44 AM   5
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Originally Posted by milamummy View Post
for most of these it pointed to me having a boy but Im def in team
haha me too!

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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 09:14 AM   6
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All but 2 pointed to girl for me.. I'm still convinced i might be having a boy. everyone I know says it's a girl, all the nub guesses are saying girl one person said they'd put money on it being a girl.
I had 2 dreams it was a boy apparently if you dream your childs gender you'll have the opposite. So apparently my dreams mean I'm having a girl lol I read that old wives tale last night.
I just want my scan lol.

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